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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tenerife-Canary Islands


this is my last travelogue 
from our European tour last fall..

but flipping through
the photos...

I remembered it all as if it was just yesterday...

our last stop before heading home
the Canary Islands..

we had no idea what to expect..
and we woke to this...


and then suddenly..
the clouds moved out

and the rainbows appeared..

two of them..
one traversed the islands..

and with such a spectacular start..
we expected our day 
was going to be splendid...

stepping foot on land
we were greeted by a huge vertical green wall...

which was stunning...

and a monument..

and then we began to walk...

walking, walking, walking..

  the view 
looking back to the water...

and more walking... up hill..



to a park..

and then it seemed to even out for a bit..
and this fountain was so beautiful..

the clouds parted just at the right moment..

and being hungry..
we kept walking...

until we found a lovely little 

and I had the most deliciously decadent 
gluten free chocolate muffin
and cappuccino..

and while it was never on our list of places to see...
we both enjoyed ourselves 
so much..

how could we resist with such
a glorious welcome...

it was really a lovely journey...


Friday, May 19, 2017

My Favorite Mixed Media Backgrounds Part 2

This is a long one!
grab your libation and your snacks..

I have embellished on the original and added a bit 
about handmade papers 
and modeling paste..

with some very simple collage to 
make a more finished project,
I hope you like it..

thanks so much for your kind feedback..
I so appreciate your comments..


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Naturalists' Notebook Show

You know you are in the right place..
when you see the loveliest
French shop
with the little gallerie

tucked around the window and just 

down ancient stairs 
and into the cool of the 
sanctuary below...

crafted the most beautiful windows

The Naturalists' Notebook show
taking great care to create something
that would wow
visitors and collectors and stop them 
in their tracks..

The ancient urns outside were magnificent

Ancient urns with the menu, prices and my artist statement for The Naturalists' Notebook

and who could resist this wonderful, welcoming 
ambiance.. ?

that evening the posters were placed on music stands..
at the front of the store and gallerie..

and in the planters 
they placed 
the menu
which included prices 
artist statement 

I adored the skirt 
she made from the Cavallini

and right around the corner and
just below...
down well worn steps...

Meg set the whole area, as it appeared in my dream
with an antique settee
and lots of ephemera
nestled about...

winged creatures 
all hanging out together..

It was quite stunning...

I cannot express the overwhelming feeling of seeing all 
my work displayed 
in such a beautiful fashion..
it took my breath away...

The Notebook 
was displayed below 
so that collectors
could leaf through it easily...
with as little stress on the old book as possible..

how often do you get the chance to purchase the rough draft for 
a piece of art as well as the finished painting?

it was well received 
and we had a great turn out...

The dream is written on the poster hanging from the ceiling on the left... as collectors peruse the show.

we held two shows...
one on Friday evening, 
and one on Saturday afternoon..
it was so lovely to see so many friends
and collectors 
and to spend time with this 

Meg DeWeese..
Meg has owned
Bis Gallerie
for 27 years!

she has represented me for 
10 years
we were so happy to 
not only the show..
but our 

a little champs was involved!!

Caterina Giglio and Meg DeWeese

it was a great success..
we sold 
many pieces, from the show and the archives,

to view the 
current work still available in the gallerie
click on the link below

to view work still available
in the Archives
click on the link below..
142 Bis Gallerie Archives

and I had a wonderful 
old friends..
and making lots of new ones
as well..

mille grazie..
My heart is very full..


Friday, April 28, 2017

The Naturalists' Notebook

well gentle readers,
the show is finally finished and I will be packing shortly..

but I wanted to share a few things with you..
it all began last summer..

The Naturalists' Notebook, Cosmic Butterfly, top, L-R Let There Be Light, Flowering and No. 73

It was the sort of charming shop
that might just disappear if you turned away for too long.
It had a magical aura. I waked in and thought I saw an old woman
sitting at a desk, she smiled as I walked past but continued to read her book.
There were stacks of old papers, manuscripts, music and assorted documents in faded brown long
hand and old photos scattered everywhere.
Pots and pans were filled with lace trims and an old settee
called my name.
I sat and began to look through a dusty album,
the naturalists' notebook...
Perfect, I thought ... I had been looking for just 
such a something.
I paid the woman, who poked the money into her book and continued reading.
The notebook was a puzzle, there were no notes of nature, nothing scientific but instead, there were
drawings and paintings on paper...
And then I realized I had found an artists record of a natural adventure..
Each drawing labeled as Fig. corresponded to a work of art
and suddenly
I woke up...

the idea for the notebook came to me in a dream....

Artist Statement

The Naturalists' Note book was born in a dream, following an illness that left me unable to create. I spent many days watching birds, butterflies and dragonflies. My love of nature assisted me in my healing and followed me back to the studio. My aim has always been to bridge the gap between realism and abstraction, to illustrate relationship and to convey hidden meaning through symbols.

My mixed media pieces always elevate the mundane, celebrate the antique and express in rich layers. In this collection, I strived to create a sense of magical realism, where butterflies form mandalas and crows stand ready to perform magic. Though this is a documentation of personal growth, it is also a map of universal discovery.

Inside the Naturalists' Notebook.. Caterina Giglio

and I was excited to 
create something that held the inspiration
for each piece of work..

You can take a video tour
of the show below..

I had two antique journals, one was the Antique periodical holder
and the other one was a handmade book filled with pressed flowers.
They fit together as if they were made for one another..
fortunately there were many blank pages left in the flower journal,
and I began to fill them following notes in my studio journal...

 I created my first inspirational piece, or Note below
the finished board is on the left.

Cosmic Butterfly, on board left and Notes on Cosmic Butterfly right, above.

as I worked, I thought, 
why not put the notes in the show as well..
so this collection offers you a clear idea of my inspiration, as well as the finished piece..

 L-R bottom, Rooted, Endless possibilities and Freedom

I have been working daily on this show since 
and I am ready for a break
so I will be taking 
a blog and Vlog break 
but will be back soon..

We will 
live stream on FaceBook
May 5 
at the show,
 7pm MDT
and for those unable to make the show on 
Friday night we have a 
matinee scheduled for Saturday the 6th

The show is now open for 
Pre Sales 
and you can look at each piece on the
Gallerie Page.

As always, I thank you in advance of your kind comments..
you continually bless me with your support..


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Art Journal Pages

Once in a while..
I ask myself some important questions..

Who am I now?
Where do I want to go?
What do I want to create?

I have found that reflection on these 3 questions
makes a huge difference
for me personally and my work..

I think they are my favorite journal prompts..

Thinking about walking into the future and
what I want...
personally and professionally..

feet came up for me a lot..
this month..

as did the circle..

finding myself in circular patterns..
and knowing I have the power to walk out
whenever I wish..

Ingredients: Paper ephemera, mono prints, wrapping paper, acrylic paint, handmade papers, pencil, colored pencil...

I have certainly changed a lot in the last 3 years..
in some ways quite radically..
but mostly I have found that I am returning
to that inner child..
the one who knew so much truth..

I want to be just like...